Fall Road Trip – Day 2: New Mexico Visitor’s Center, Clovis New Mexico

WooHoo! We finally made it through Texas and have reached New Mexico. So far we’ve driven 641 miles. Day2-NM-clovis-vistorscenter_300x169-r

Just into New Mexico along US-84 is the New Mexico Visitor’s Center. Visitor centers are great places to visit to learn more about the state you are driving through, for clean bathrooms, and just to stop, hang out, and talk with the staff of the visitors center.

This one was no different in that regard, the building and landscape of the visitor center was styled in a way you’d expect to see as New Mexico architecture. Zachary was thrilled to see cacti up close.

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Inside, were photos of Native American life and other images of New Mexico. Greg came out with a free map, tourism guide, and some other pamphlets. He was also able to verify the route we were planning on taking to get up to Interstate 40 with the gentleman who manned the visitor’s information desk.

Outside the Visitor’s Center is a picnic area that the kids enjoyed running through, and J took the opportunity to lay down flat on one of the benches. After hours in the car, the feeling of being horizontal feels really good :)

Next door to the New Mexico Visitor’s Center is a corral, with horses and a buffalo. Little E, being the horse fanatic she is, had to go watch the horses for a little bit. And Z and K joined her.

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A Guinea fowl roamed the landscape here, which was a new experience for both Little E and Jazzy. Unfortunately, Little E decided to chase after the bird and had to be reminded of appropriate behavior around animals that don’t know her.  We’re going to encounter lots of different animals and wildlife on this trip, and she needs to remember that for both safety and common courtesy not to going running up to unfamiliar animals. <sigh, another parenting moment>

Day2-NM-clovis-littleE-train_300x169-rAcross the road from the Visitor’s Center is an active railroad. While we were there, a two engine, mile long train came through, blowing it’s whistle as it came along. Little E was thrilled, yelling ‘It’s a Train, It’s a Train!”

 Another memory made. Now we’re on to Santa Rosa, New Mexico, and Interstate 40.

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